Kickstarter, the crowd funding website that supports creative projects, reached a new milestone this week: The Pebble Smartwatch project managed to get more than $5 million in funding, and the drive doesn’t close until May 18. By then, the project could raise more than $10 million.
If you ever needed proof that the Kickstarter concept works, this is pretty hard to argue with. Especially when you consider Pebble set out to raise only $100,000.
So what is Pebble Smartwatch anyway?
It’s not a regular watch. It comes with an 144 x 168 pixel e-paper display and syncs through an Android or iOS device via Bluetooth 2.1. It also supports apps which are distributed via Pebble’s watchapp store. In its small display, you’ll be able to see several notifications:
- Incoming Caller ID
- Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
- Calendar Alerts
- Facebook Messages
- Weather Alerts
- Silent vibrating alarm and timer
- SMS Text Messages (Android users only)
It’s also got a 3-axis accelerometer with gesture detection and a vibrating motor. Its battery can be charged via USB and lasts seven days, less if Bluetooth is often activated.
If I were an Android/iOS user I’d give it a try, at least for fun. I don’t know if this is just because it managed to be so popular on Kickstarter or because it’s not made by a famous company, but for me this is an intriguing gadget.